I am delighted to announce that my new book ‘The Shift’ has been nominated for The People’s Book Prize, the prestigious award voted for by the UK’s reading public, which is also supported by the Publishers Association.
But to make it to the final I need your help!
The Shift has been selected for the fiction category in the Autumn selection of novels along with 30 other quality works submitted by Publishers from all over the UK, which have beaten off all comers in order to take part in the battle to earn a place in the grand final.
With the final a black tie event at the Stationers’ Hall, London, on a gala evening in May 2017, hosted by TPBP patron Frederick Forsyth CBE and televised by Sky News, it promises to be the ultimate showcase for any aspiring author.
I am particularly excited about this opportunity as back in 2012 my second outing in the Thoroughgood series “The Hurting” was also nominated but sadly failed to make it to the final.
I make no secret of my admiration for Frederick Forsyth and his work and ‘The Day of the Jackal’ remains one of my favourite books of all time and I would love the opportunity to meet the man behind one of the greatest thrillers ever written, as well as promoting The Shift in the final of such an esteemed award.
But to make it through to the final I need your votes behind me and to register your backing for ‘The Shift’ I would like to invite you to click on the link and place your vote to help Thoroughgood and myself enjoy a night to remember in the big smoke!.
Voting closes on November 30 so you have plenty of time and fingers crossed, if you have enjoyed the Thoroughgood series, you can spare me a moment to register your support.
It would certainly be very much appreciated!!!
Meanwhile although the news that ‘The Shift’ has been nominated for TPBP has been a huge boost this week my focus now returns to my WH Smith Scottish signing tour which started last weekend in Dunfermline and continues in East Kilbride tomorrow.
As always in The Kingdom of Fife I received a warm welcome, with one lady even very kindly giving me a bag of chocolates for my troubles.
While I was delighted to notch 43 sales I was a bit perplexed by the theft of one of my signed copies…but I guess that’s all part of life’s rich tapestry!!!
It will be interesting to see how things go in ‘EK’ as my signing coincides with an Old Firm football game but then crime fiction is mainly read by ladies, so we will see if that works in my favour!
Anyway if you are in East Kilbride tomorrow between 11am and 3pm, then why not swing by WHSmith for books, banter and baloney…but don’t forget to pay at the till on the way out!!!

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Back on Tour

New Personal Best Set in Falkirk: 30 book sell-out in 86 mins!!TIME TO RE-SIGN

I’M delighted to announce that I have reached agreement with WH Smith to go back out on tour with them on a 14-stop Scottish signing tour for my new crime novel ‘The Shift’.

Following the success of the 12-stop signing tour I did with them earlier in the year, in which I sold-out in nine of the 12 branches I appeared at across Scotland and after two great launches of ‘The Shift’ in Glasgow and Stirling earlier this summer at which well over 100 people attended, this new more ambitious schedule, will, fingers crossed, provide a great chance to take Thoroughgood’s latest outing in this prequel, set in 1989, to all corners of Scotland.

So, I will be starting in Dunfermline, this Saturday, September 3, before coming to a stop with an appearance at Stirling WH Smith on Saturday October 8, at which point I will take a break for the October holidays and a possible jaunt to Northern Ireland.

Normal business will be resumed on Saturday, November 5, at Fort Kinnaird and after trips to Paisley, Ayr, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh amongst others, conclude with a Christmas Eve appearance back in the Thistles Centre, Stirling on Christmas Eve.

It’s a demanding schedule but one I am looking forward to embracing and already anticipating engaging crime fiction fans all over Scotland while introducing my particular style of gritty, uber-realistic action driven tartan noir to people who have never heard of me or the good Detective Sergeant Thoroughgood….and there will be no shortage of them!!!

Right now I’d like to record my gratitude to WH Smith’s Central Scotland stores co-ordinator Garry Torrance who has once again planned the tour with his usual meticulous eye for detail.

‘Write’ now I am currently 20,000 plus words into the next Thoroughgood novel ‘The Blood Acre’ which follows on from ‘The Shift’ and is set in 1990. That means I am up at 6am every morning feverishly typing away and trying to meet my 1000word daily target.

Originally my new publishers had intended my next publication to be the first in a new series based on a disgraced ex-SAS soldier Ludovic Graham and entitled ‘Heist’, the MS for which I completed in April.

But with ‘The Shift’ going down well and it’s American launch pencilled in for early 2017, the decision has been taken for ‘The Blood Acre’ to be next out in spring next year and I need to have the first draft MS finished by Christmas….no pressure there then!!



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